Democrats are receiving backlash due to the use of a cherry-picked, deceptively edited Trump quote in order to smear Trump’s name.
As the facts emerge, it’s been discovered that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi lied to Congress and the American people by intentionally quoting Trump out of context in an effort to impeach him.
On Thursday morning, Pelosi addressed the media to announce she wanted the House Judiciary Committee to begin preparing articles of impeachment against Donald Trump.
During her speech, she stated, “The president’s actions have seriously violated the Constitution, especially when he says and acts upon the belief ‘Article II says I can do whatever I want.’ No. His wrongdoing strikes at the very heart of our Constitution.”
Now, most reasonable people would admit that a president saying they can do whatever they want at all times is pretty damning. However, when you take the comment in the context of what Trump was saying at the time, it is hardly what Pelosi made it out to be.
The context of Trump’s misquoted statement was that of an ABC interview in which he stated, “Look, Article II, I would be allowed to fire Robert Mueller. Assuming I did all of the things, I said I want to fire him. Number one, I didn’t. He wasn’t fired. Number one, very importantly but more importantly, Article II allows me to do whatever I want. Article II would allow me to fire him. I wasn’t going to fire him. You know why — because I watched Richard Nixon firing everybody and that didn’t work out too well.”
Trump was specifically addressing whether or not he would be able to fire special counsel Robert Mueller and nothing else.
Trump referenced Article II an additional time when he was giving a speech at a Turning Point event. This was also used in the context of the Mueller investigation. Nowhere did the President say that he could do whatever he wanted, whenever he wanted, as Democrats are trying to say.
Manipulating the truth
In this case, Democrats have clearly manipulated the truth to suit their own narrative. It is a blatant abuse on their behalf, especially considering the stakes.
Not only that, some of the so-called expert witnesses and pundits that have been called and that have appeared as panel guests have also embraced what Dems are saying in the specific context they are claiming.
During the House Judiciary hearing this week, constitutional scholar Jonathan Turley stated, “If you impeach a president, if you make a ‘high crime and misdemeanor’ out of going to the courts, it is an abuse of power. It’s your abuse of power.”
This manipulated narrative is exactly the type of abuse he was referring to.